The Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading, writing, and spelling is language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible.
Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham developed this approach in the 1930’s.
Why it works:
Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic channels all reinforce each other and are employed simultaneously whenever possible. This strengthens short- and long-term memory. Each step is taught in a logical fashion, moving from simple to complex, with continuous review. Each student can apply the skills he/she has learned without guessing or resorting to memorization.
Supplementing current curriculum
The OG training will not replace current curriculum; it is an approach intended to be integrated and used as a supplement to what the school system and teacher are already using.